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Electric Aggregation Referendum Voted Down in Algonquin, LITH

Municipal aggregation allows local governments to bundle, or aggregate, residential and small retail electric accounts together and buy electricity at a group rate.

Algonquin and Lake in the Hills voters said "no" to an electric aggregation referendum in their villages during Tuesday's primary election, according to unofficial results. 

The vote was especially close in Algonquin.

In Algonquin, the referendum had 1,576 "no" votes compared to 1,567 "yes" votes with all precincts reporting in McHenry and Kane counties, according to unofficial results Tuesday night. 

In Lake in the Hills, the referendum had 964 "yes" votes compared 1,137 "no" votes with all precincts reporting in McHenry County. The vote totals do not include provisional or late absentee ballots. 

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The refereundum question asked voters: "Shall the Village of Lake in the Hills/Algonquin have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program?"

Municipal aggregation allows local governments to bundle, or aggregate, residential and small retail electric accounts together and buy electricity at a group rate. 

The practice is similar to how communities negotiate contracts for waste disposal and cable television.

The electrical aggregation referendum was on the ballot in several area communities during Tuesday's primary. 

Soonwinner March 21, 2012 at 03:36 AM
"A "yes" vote is currently leading with 1,072 votes compared to 1,107 "no" votes in the village of Algonquin". Since when is 1072 more than 1107?
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) March 21, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Thanks for pointing that out to us — the information and vote totals have been updated and corrected.
Ed Sapeta March 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Once again ignorance has topped common sense. Why would anyone vote no to a possible decrease in electric Rates?
Jim Pellegrino March 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Once again the inability of the village to get the meesage out resulted in a No vote. People will not vote for anything that sounds like gov. control of their lives without knowing the facts. The Government local or federal have been so responsible with our tax paying dollars of late the we should just continue to trust them....NOT. Call it ignorant Ed I call it being more cautious. Shame on the village for not getting the message out.
Tom March 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
It's incredible - disappointed in my fellow LITH'ers. How can anyone vote no to the OPTION of this? Obviously special-interest groups once again managed to sway the uneducated masses.....
Soonwinner March 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Agree with Jim and Ed. So now I am stuck with Constellation at 13.4% discount and I see others offering 17%. Oh well, freedom is 8-14-2013 for me.
David March 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Why do the republicans Hate women so much? Why do the republicans Hate the elderly so much? Why do the republicans Hate the middle class so much? Why do the republicans Hate the American worker so much? Why do the republicans Hate unemployment benefits so much? Why do the republicans Hate the poor so much? Why do the republicans Hate social security so much? Why do the republicans Hate Medicare and Medicaid so much? Why do the republicans Hate health care reform so much? Why do the republicans Hate public education so much? Why do the republicans Hate minorities so much? Why do the republicans Hate our public lands and our National Parks so much? Why do the republicans Love big corporations so much? Why do the republicans Love big oil so much? Why do the republicans Love big pharma so much? Why do the republicans Love the 1% so much? Why do people keep voting AGAINST THEIR BEST INTERESTS so much?
Anthony P. March 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Why do I need to lock into the villages rate if I can get a cheaper rate on my own? Soonwinner makes a great point. It's sad for people to rely on government on everything. When will it end? Those that are upset it didn't pass, you can do this on your own you know.
Larry Miglore March 22, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Don't forget the usual standby's: Republicans eat their young! Republican's are really vampires! Republicans hate the Cubs! Republicans pull the wings off butterflies! Republicans are mean to little kids! and the worst of all--- Republicans let you write and say anything you want!
Larry Miglore March 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
You always would have had the option of "negotiating" with the large concerns on your own if the referendum passed. Why would you take my option away?
Ed Sapeta March 22, 2012 at 02:50 PM
You nailed it right on the head.
Soonwinner March 25, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Actually the Village rate saves 23%, my rate saves 13.4% and on the radio I hear another company saves 17%. 23% is better than 17 or 13.4. As for relying on the government for everything it must be said that 1000's of counties, villages, cities and towns across the USA have provided water, electric and gas utilities for over 100 years. As far as I know the village involvement is minimal as the nitty gritty negotiations and paperwork would be done by specialist consultants. This might be the only bright spot out of all that ENRON stuff.
Phil February 13, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Don't be such a bigot David. Republicans live in Algonquin, pay taxes in Algonquin and I dare say, they love the women in their lives (wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, etc). Rhetoric such as what you posted is NOT helpful and clearly shows you are not looking to understand anyone else's views, especially if they do not agree with your own. People have the right to vote "against their best interests" so deal with it. Next time, get up and knock on 11 more doors and perhaps you would have your aggregated electrical price instead of besmirching our local citizenry. Think AMERICAN not party and perhaps we can once again start getting something done in this country. P.S. GOD bless you!

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